The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for a crew supervisor to lead one of two roving field crews that will work in tidal marshes across the Northeastern US (Maine to Virginia).
SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast (www.tidalmarshbirds.org) with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet and Clapper Rail. The work will occur in conjunction with biologists at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and state and private lands.
The successful candidate will lead the northern (Maine – New York) roving field crew assessing variation in the demographic rates of tidal marsh sparrows with respect to various environmental gradients. Particular emphasis will be on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, and Seaside Sparrow. Technicians on this crew will work together to conduct point counts, transects, mist netting, banding, blood draws, and microbiome collection under direction of the crew supervisor. The crews collect a multitude of data and work with many conservation agencies, making it an excellent opportunity to expand your field biology skill set and meet professional conservation biologists from both state and federal agencies.
Ideal applicants should have a demonstrated ability to supervise technicians in the field and sufficient mist-netting, bird-banding, and blood sampling (via the brachial vein) experience to obtain a federal banding subpermit.
Strong organizational skills, a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork are a must. The ability to work well with a large variety of biological professionals at wildlife refuges, state and federal agencies, and universities is also necessary.
Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Positions begin in early May 2019 and conclude mid/late August 2019.
Housing and vehicles will be available for all positions.
To apply, please send single PDF file containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references with your name in the title to:
MACKENZIE ROEDER, Ph.D Student at the University of Maine, Mackenzie.Roeder@Maine.edu with “Sparrow Demo Crew Lead 2019” as the subject line.